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Category: Black Excellence

A black teacher’s prayer

I pray that my students will be so lucky enough to arrive in a classroom with a culturally competent teacher who looks like them and is passionately and unapologetically black. And should they not land in a class with a teacher who does not share the same racial ancestry, my next prayer is that they will encounter a benevolent teacher who will love and celebrate them as I have done. I pray they will gain a wonderful pedagogue or role model who will tell them that the sky is the limit for them and that they can be whatever their heart so desires.

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Oklahoma School Leader channels Shirley Chisolm: “Run Young People, Run”

Last night, in partnership with Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) and Kara Kelty, we had a small gathering of Teach For America (TFA) corps members and alumni in our home to discuss the state of education in OK and how we might best advocate on behalf of all our children. We had two elected leaders in the house – our city councilor, Vanessa Hall Harper, and School Board member and TFA alum, Amy Shelton.

Dr. Shavonda LaKay Pannell and the Prancing Pearls

Meet Dr. Shavonda LaKay Pannell. She’s north Tulsa’s number one Chiropractor. Not only does she snap, crackle, and pop her clients back into formation, her dance team, the Prancing Pearls of Excellence, are a reflection of Dr. Pannell’s talent and dedication to seeing her community glitter and shine. Checkout our interview with Dr. Pannell on her amazingly talented dance team. 

Curriculum Counts, The Importance of Teaching About the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot

May 31, 2018, will mark the ninety-seventh anniversary of the cataclysmic 1921 Tulsa Race Riot (the “Riot”), a man-made calamity more accurately described as a massacre, pogrom, holocaust, assault, or burning. This defining moment in Tulsa and American history, despite its significance as the worst “race riot” [or massacre] in America, remains a mystery to many and an unknown to many more.